Reactions of a phosphido-bridged unsymmetrical diiron complex (η5-C5Me5)Fe2 (CO)4(μ-CO)(μ-PPh2) with various alkynes

Hisako Hashimoto, Kazuyoshi Kurashima, Hiromi Tobita, Hiroshi Ogino

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A phosphido-bridged unsymmetrical diiron complex (η5-C5Me5)Fe2 (CO)4(μ-CO)(μ-PPh2) (1) was synthesized by a new convenient method; photo-dissociation of a CO ligand from (η5-C5Me5)Fe2 (CO)6(μ-PPh2) (2) that was prepared by the reaction of Li[Fe(CO)4PPh2] with (η5-C5Me5)Fe(CO)2I. The reactivity of 1 toward various alkynes was studied. The reaction of 1 with tBuC≡CH gave a 1:1 mixture of two isomeric complexes (η5-C5Me5)Fe2 (CO)3(μ-PPh2)[μ-CH≡C(tBu) C(O)] (3) containing a ketoalkenyl ligand. The reactions of 1 with other terminal alkynes RC≡CH (R=H, CO2Me, Ph) afforded complexes incorporating one or two molecules of alkynes and a carbonyl group. The principal products were dinuclear complexes bridged by a new phosphinoketoalkenyl ligand, (η5-C5 Me5)Fe2(CO)3(μ-CO)[μ- CR1=CR2C(O)PPh2] (4a: R1=H, R2=H; 4b: R1=CO2Me, R2=H; 4c: R1=H, R2=Ph). In the cases of alkynes RC=CH (R=H, CO2Me), dinuclear complexes having a new ligand composed of two molecules of alkynes, a carbonyl group, and a phosphido group; i.e. (η5-C5Me5) Fe2(CO)3[μ-CRCHCHCRC(O)PPh2] (5a: R=H; 5b: R=CO2Me), were also obtained. In all cases, mononuclear complexes, (η5-C5Me5) Fe(CO)[CR1=CR2C(O)PPh2] (6a: R1=H, R2=H; 6b: R1=H, R2=CO2Me; 6c: R1=H, R2=Ph) were isolated in low yields. The structures of 1, 4c, 5b, and 6a were confirmed by X-ray crystallography. The detailed structures of the products and plausible reaction mechanisms are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1481-1495
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Organometallic Chemistry
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2004 May 1


  • Alkyne insertion
  • C-C bond formation
  • Iron complex
  • P-C bond formation
  • Phosphido-bridged complex
  • X-ray structure analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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